Tucson Spotlight
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Jul 24
The Tucson Botanical Gardens hosts an evening of glorious visuals at twilight every Thursday, June through August 28th.  ...more
Jul 26
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists hosts a girls mountain bike-ride on the last Saturday of the month. Contact club in ad...more
Jul 26
A cool summer 5K run through the shady Green Valley Pecan Farm orchards, preparing runners for the Pecan Classic in November ...more
Jul 28
Watch Mother Nature's summer fireworks show at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Travel far away from the city lights to view a...more
Jul 30
Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at annual conference i...more


A Surprise Around Every Bend

Hiking is an ideal way to explore the varied terrain and diverse wildlife in Tucson and Southern Arizona. You'll find urban recreational trails, bird-watching trails, canyon trails, summit trails, flat trails, and steep climbs that delight and challenge, whether you're new to exploring nature or are an avid outdoor adventure-seeker.

Hiking Near Tucson

Tucson is nearly surrounded by five mountain ranges, most of which are protected as city and state parks, national forest, or national park. Within these public areas are hundreds of miles of trails offering hikers of all skill levels convenient access to unspoiled beauty. Landscapes range from cacti-covered hills to pine-topped mountains, making hiking an option for every season.

Santa Catalina Mountains >> (north side)

Rincon Mountains >> (east side)

Santa Rita Mountains >> (south side)

Tucson Mountains >> (west side)

Tortolita Mountains >> (northwest side)

Urban Trails

Tucson Urban Loop >>
The Loop is 55-miles of car-free paths being developed around Tucson, with links to Marana and Oro Valley. It's great for foot-traffic, bicycles, skates and horses. If it doesn't have an engine, it's good to go on The Loop.

Rillito River Park Trail >>
This 11-mile trail winds through the city along the Rillito Riverbed from North Craycroft Road nearly to Interstate 10. Access is available at numerous points along the way.

Santa Cruz River Park Trail >>
Located along the banks of the Santa Cruz Riverbed, west of downtown Tucson, this flat, paved trail runs south from Grant Road to 29th Street. The trail includes a portion of the Anza National Historic Trail.

Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona covers the northern part of the Sonoran Desert and the northwestern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert. This area extends from Picacho Peak, south to the Mexican border, west to Ajo, and east to the New Mexico state border. South of the Tucson area, the Chiricahua Mountains, Huachuca Mountains, and Dragoon Mountains are a few ranges offering fine hiking trails in Southern Arizona.

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Helpful Resources

Local Hiking & Day Trips

Desert Safety Tips

Leave No Trace 

Share the Trail  

Arizona State Parks

Cochise County, Land of Legends

Coronado National Forest

Hike in Tucson 

Local Hikes

Madera Canyon

Sabino Canyon

Saguaro National Park Hiking

Sierra Club

Sky Island Alliance

Southern Arizona Hiking Club


Permits & Maps

Stop by a hiking-camping supply store to purchase a map or hiking guide or to contact local hiking groups and organizations for suggestions. The Summit Hut and Southern Arizona Hiking Club are good places to start.

Hiking permits are required for some areas, and can be obtained from Coronado National Forest.